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Brains cross stitch sampler, completed and framed in 5x7 secondhand frame

---The Story---

If you are a zombie, or you have zombie friends, this is the sampler for you!

I created this "Brains Sweet Brains" sampler as a play on the typical "home sweet home" for a friend's housewarming, and this is a larger version of the tiny one already in my shop. (You can find the tiny version and the cross stitch patterns in "The Links" below, as well as the cross stitch pattern to make it yourself.)

In my mind, this has become part of a whole post-apocalyptic genre of "survival stitching" like the quilts created on westward wagon trains in America that told the story of the journey; but you can come up with your own mythology surrounding these "Brains Sweet Brains."

This is one of my favorite ideas, and one of my first. Expect more zombie-themed (or zombie-friendly) samplers in the future -- probably because I just think it's hilarious and yet strangely poignant to imagine 1. zombies stitching and 2. regular people stitching about zombies.

---The Deets---

This sampler will be stitched on a small-square Aida cloth to fit perfectly in a 5x7 frame (several examples of which are pictured), on white or antique white. The text is in cherry red, as pictured, and the tiny brain accents alongside "sweet" are each pink outlined in black.

Monitor settings may cause the images as you see them to vary slightly in color from reality -- if you'd like this to be stitched in a different color, not cherry red, let me know. See "Customize" or use the drop-down list to select text color as you order. (Please be sure of your choice, as no refunds are available once the stitching has been completed and sent on its way!)

Give me at least 2 weeks to stitch this one to order, as it's fairly intensive labor-wise, but let me know if you need it sooner and I'll see what I can do.

*FRAME: This stitch will come framed (no glass) in a 5x7 straight-from-the-Goodwill secondhand frame, or if you prefer, mounted on a self-stick mounting board ready to frame. (Outside the U.S. and Canada, the stitch will arrive mounted without a frame, since shipping costs would be prohibitively expensive for a framed item.)

The frames pictured are examples of Goodwill frames -- convo me if you'd like to request a particular color and I'll look through my collection to match your preferences!

*CUSTOMIZE: Also, if you'd like in any alternative color thread, let me know by convo or purchase order -- default is as pictured, cherry red with tiny pink brains.

I take all kinds of special orders and love doing 'em, so convo me if you're looking to have some other stitch work done. : D

*SHIP: This stitch will ship within the U.S. and Canada via USPS first class with delivery confirmation or international first class. Normally, count on at least 2 weeks for me to stitch it, longer during the holiday season (October-December). Let me know if you're on a deadline, and I'll see what I can do!

Again, outside the U.S. and Canada, this stitch will NOT be framed due to shipping costs.

---The Links---

Want to stitch it yourself? Here's the cross stitch pattern set, for both this sampler and the tiny BSB: https://www.etsy.com/listing/100134243/cross-stitch-pattern-brains-sweet-brains

Here's the little one, pictured alongside the large in the second photo: http://www.etsy.com/listing/90685927/brains-sweet-brains-zombie-cross-stitch

If you're looking for something less wordy or as part of a theme package, there's always zombie cupid, which was featured on the Etsy FB page on January 11, 2012 (huzzah!): http://www.etsy.com/listing/90142844/zombie-cupid-silhouette-cute-angel

Or the "Braaaains means I love you in zombie": http://www.etsy.com/listing/91262210/brains-means-i-love-you-in-zombie

Check out the Monsterarium section of my shop for other monstery goodness: http://www.etsy.com/shop/aliciawatkins?section_id=11141988

Back to the shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/aliciawatkins

---The Legal Stuff---

I created this design using needles and thread. Please don't copy this or other designs; they're for sale in the Cross Stitch Pattern section of my shop for just a few dollars. They're copyright Alicia Watkins 2012, all rights reserved.

Also, please let me know if you're pinning any images so I can follow you!

Frequently asked questions about aliciawatkins

I love to do custom work during the non-holiday months! I try to work on one custom project at a time so that I can give each project my full customizing attention; as a result, a significant lead time on deadlines for receiving your custom order is very much appreciated.

If possible, try to contact me at least a month in advance of a deadline for receiving a 5x7 custom cross stitch. (That said, if you're in a pinch and you know I'm the stitcher for the job, convo me anyway! If I happen to be in between custom orders, I can often get things out in a much shorter time, and like I said, I love working with customers on personalized stitchery.)
Most of my small finished cross stitches have an option for gift wrapping.

If you don't see a drop-down list as you purchase a small hooped or framed cross stitch (smaller than 4x6), but you would like your item to be wrapped in plain paper (with a small notecard for your message included), request gift wrap as you check out in the "notes to seller"!

If you're having your gift sent directly to the recipient, please double-check the address it's going to before you finish checking out, and let me know what you'd like me to write in the notecard to your recipient! :)
Mini kits are available for wholesale ordering at any time; contact me for details on which kits I have available with shelf-ready labeling, and for pricing details!

I also offer a selection of finished cross stitch available for wholesale or certain consignment situations, for stores that feel my work would be a good fit. Contact me if you're interested in carrying my work in your store, and we'll talk about what I've done in the past and what you're looking for! :)
I believe in using secondhand frames because it's eco-friendly, supports my local thrift shops, and allows me to frame your items, if you'd like that, at very low cost.

Because they are unique and unapproved by you, I don't pass on the cost of the secondhand frames to you, except for the cost of shipping (usually about a $2 difference).

When you order an item from me, rest assured that you are only paying for the stitchwork, and you may treat the frame as a "suggestion" -- if you don't like it, give the frame away! Your 4x6 or larger cross stitch will come with a mounting board that will allow you to easily pop it out of the "suggested" frame I've sent it in and into any same-sized frame of your choice.
I can't send you a photo of your options for 4x6 or larger frames; I have too many frames and a too quickly rotating stock for that. However, you're welcome to let me know your preferences in color and material (i.e. wood, metal, plastic) and I'll do what I can to accommodate your wishes.

If you receive your stitchwork and you HATE the frame I chose from my cache of secondhand frames, never fear! The stitching for a 4x6 or larger frame will be mounted on a board that you can simply pop out of the secondhand frame you received, and pop INto a frame you choose from a local store, another Etsy seller, or anywhere you find perfect frames.

Because the secondhand frames I send are free, I cannot offer replacements or frame-related refunds.
Google and Youtube are your BFFs in learning to cross stitch, but if you've purchased a kit or pattern from my shop, I can also offer you a Basic Cross Stitch instruction booklet via email. Just let me know you'd like one, and I'll send it along! :)

Cross stitch sampler -- Brains Sweet Brains, Home Sweet Home style

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cross stitch cloth, DMC, thread, frame, red frame, white frame, black frame, 5x7, 5x7 frame, aida fabric, mounting board
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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